Review: Motorola phone notable for customization

NEW YORK (AP) — In the four decades since Motorola first showed off a prototype of the world’s first cellphone, the company has watched Apple, Samsung and other innovators surpass it in sales. With Google as its new…

AP reviews new smartphones: Moto X and more

New phones are continually coming out. Which should you buy? Here’s a summary of The Associated Press’ recent phone reviews, including the new Moto X phone from Motorola. — ANDROID DEVICES: MOTO X, GOOGLE INC.’S MOTOROLA MOBILITY What’s…

A look at technical specs for selected phones

Motorola, the inventor of the cellphone, is hoping to regain its stature with the Moto X, the first smartphone designed under its new owner, Google. The new Moto X offers a range of customization options. Here are the…

Solid US job gains could bolster 2nd-half growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robust hiring in July would mark a fourth straight month of solid gains, an encouraging sign for a U.S. economy that is still struggling with high unemployment. Economists predict that employers added 183,000 jobs —…

Sikh son first saw father at dad’s US funeral

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin (AP) — Gurvinder Singh approached his father’s open coffin with one thought: “Please, god, it’s not my dad.” As he stepped closer, he realized the man was indeed the father he knew only from photographs.…

Key points in the genetically modified food debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the biggest stumbling blocks to securing a massive free trade agreement between the United States and Europe is a sharp disagreement on genetically modified foods. Much of the corn, soybean, sugar beets and…

Today in History

Today is Friday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2013. There are 151 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 2, 1943, during World War II, U.S. Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. (jg)…

Taiwan lawmakers brawl over nuclear plant bill

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a national referendum on whether to finish building a fourth power plant on this densely…

Smithsonian leader picked to head science agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairwoman of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents plans to step down from the museum and research complex because President Barack Obama is nominating her to lead the National Science Foundation. The White House…

Bay Area transit workers vow to strike in 72 hours

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two San Francisco Bay Area transit unions are set to go on strike and shut down one of the region’s major train systems if they don’t reach agreement on a new contract. Bay Area…

Police: Autistic man kept in ‘dungeon-like’ room

SWEETWATER, Fla. (AP) — Police in a southwest Florida city say charges are pending against a woman whose autistic 30-year-old son was found living in what a caller identified as “dungeon-like” conditions at her mobile home. Police in…

Threat closes US embassies in Muslim world for day

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is shuttering its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday after receiving an unspecified threat, officials said. State Department officials said Thursday that they were taking action out of an…

Teen arrested in Calif. ‘Surf City’ mob violence

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy has become the ninth person arrested in connection with mob violence that erupted in a Southern California beach town after a popular surf contest. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/14lVj9s…

Catholic school fires gay teacher after wedding

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — A gay teacher at a Catholic high school in Southern California lost his job after his wedding pictures were published in a local newspaper, according to the teacher’s lawyer. Ken Bencomo, 45, was fired…

Senate confirms Joint Chiefs chairman for 2nd term

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved the nomination of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey for another two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Senate voice vote on Thursday came as lawmakers prepared to leave…
MOTORCYCLE-LIGHTS-ACCIDENT

Motorcyclist killed in crash

Justin D. Knapp, 25, of Wellsville was driving a 2007 Honda motorcycle on Y & O Road about 2:30 p.m. when he crashed into a 2000 Mercury Sable driven by Samantha M. Baker, 18, also of Wellsville, as she was turning out of a driveway. …

Gay, lesbian sports hall of fame honors athletes

CHICAGO (AP) — Dave Pallone, who was part of Chicago history when he umpired the first night game at Wrigley Field, is returning to Chicago to take part in another chapter of American sports history: His inclusion in…
Champion woman gets car

Man donates car to friend

Frank Fordeley gave a car to a woman he has been friends with for 25 years. …

Cowell says ‘X Factor’ female judges reflect music

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Simon Cowell says the mostly female judges’ panel for “The X Factor” reflects what he calls the “girls’ world” of today’s music business. When Fox’s “X Factor” returns in September, Cowell will share…

Lawsuit against Shakira by ex-boyfriend dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Shakira’s ex-boyfriend seeking a portion of the singer’s profits. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Abraham Khan issued his ruling Thursday. Lawyers for the pop…